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United Stationers Inc.

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About United Stationers Inc.

Focusing on offering wholesale distribution services for business products, United Stationers serves the entire North America with a portfolio of 130,000 products. A Fortune 500 member, the company is headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois and has 72 distribution centers and 38 re-distribution facilities. Although providing business products, the company serves a broad range of customers, from office product retailers to grocery store chains.

Products & Services

Not limited to office stationery and furniture, United Stationers offers industrial products, janitorial items, software, and also computer hardware. Through ORS Nasco, the company distributes welding, industrial, safety, and construction items such as power tools, safety supplies, and repair equipment. Additionally, United Stationers janitorial products include cleaning supplies, disposable utensils, packaging and paper goods. Other more office-centered products include break room supplies, ERP software, and other business operations technologies as well as computer supplies and accessories. Aside from its products, United Stationers provides advertising services. By offering a broad spectrum of products, the company is thus able to cater to more industries.


United Stationers began as the Utility Supply Company, incorporated in 1922. It opened its first brick-and-mortar retail store in 1937 and that same year published a catalog. Management saw an opportunities to add wholesaling to its operations and since 1978 the company has operated as a wholesaler. After going public in 1981, United Stationers has acquired a number of companies including Associated Stationers in 1995, Sweet Paper in 2005, and O.K.I. Supply in 2012.

Job Opportunities

United Stationers remains a public company, currently traded on the NASDAQ under symbol USTR. The company employs more than 6,000 people across North America. Jobs with United Stationers span inventory management, supply chain, marketing, treasury, and customer care, among others.

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